How to Adjust to Your New Mattress

How to Adjust to Your New Mattress

So you finally made up your mind to replace your worn-out mattress and decided to get yourself a brand new bed. Woohoo! Now you can get the comforting and restful sleep you’ve been missing for so long.

You lie down and wait for that beautiful sleep to come, but you soon start to notice that time goes by and you’re not drifting to sleep. You start to get restless, toss and turn, trying to find that comfortable position where you can sleep, and you start wondering if you had made a mistake in your choice of mattress. 

When it comes to new mattresses, the truth is that you might need to learn how to adjust or “break in” a brand new bed. Consider it like breaking in a new pair of shoes: it takes time and patience to eventually soften and loosen up. While your hope is to enjoy your new mattress as soon as you put it in your bedroom, sometimes a blissful night’s sleep is not always guaranteed at the first night. Or the second. However, this article will help you understand everything you need to know about adjusting to your new mattress.


Why Does Adjusting to Your New Mattress Take Time?

  1. Material
    Adjusting to your new mattress often needs time because like any intimate relationship, you and your new mattress need some time to get used to each other. This is because the mattress is made of materials that actually need time to fully take shape, that is, to soften and be molded into their intended firmness, especially to fit your body shape. With use, your new mattress will start conforming to your natural body shape and adjusting to your sleeping positions, but this won’t be an instant phenomenon.
  2. Experiencing Change
    Your body is adapting to this new sleeping surface. Since you’re used to your old mattress and its features - the characteristic indents, the worn-out springs, and the softened materials are all familiar to you – when you finally purchase a new, stiff mattress, it’s definitely going to take some time to adjust to it. 
  3. Proper Sleep Position
    Because mattresses get worn out, your sleep position and health may begin to suffer. Your body is probably not used to feeling properly aligned. When you get a new mattress that is supportive in areas you are not used to, it may feel different and take time to get used to this change. Hang in there though! Your spine will thank you in the long run.

Keep in mind, it takes between 30 to 60 days to adjust to a new mattress.


Steps to Easily Adjust to your New Mattress:

1. Let your New Mattress Breathe:
It is best to let your new mattress breathe for a few hours before dressing it up in new bedding. This gives the mattress materials time to get some air flow. The oxygen absorbed helps expand and softens up the fibers in the materials.

2. Roll Around the Mattress:
To adjust to your mattress a little sooner, try rolling around the mattress like a rolling pin for some time. You may also walk on your mattress softly, or by applying some pressure on it using your hands and feet. This process will help loosen up the mattress materials and enhance the new mattress to begin adjusting to your body shape.

3. Give your Mattress Some Time:
Usually, it is recommended that you give your mattress at least one week to adjust to your body. Sleep on your new mattress every night during this period to ensure that it loosens and stretches as suitable. Unless your mattress is absolutely uncomfortable for sleeping, a week break-in period is recommended.

4. Exchange for a Different Version:
Most times, mattress companies offer different versions of mattresses with diverse levels of firmness. Usually, they will allow you to exchange your mattress for a different preferred version. If you often wake up with pain or discomfort in your body, then you might need a softer mattress. If you often find it hard to get out of bed or seem to be sensing pain in your lower back, you might want to go for a firmer mattress. 

5. Return it for a New One:
Mattress companies usually have a free return policy of 3-4 months. If you eventually decide to return your mattress after the break-in window has passed, take it as an experience to make a better decision next time you’re buying a new mattress. This will ultimately help you to choose a suitable mattress to enhance your sleep and overall wellness.